Townsend, Berkeley Prep proves to be too much for Newman, 49-24

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Before a packed house in a nationally televised game at Michael Lupin Field on the campus of Isidore Neman, all eyes were on highly-recruited quarterback Arch Manning.

However, Berkeley Prep sensational running back Xavier Townsend stole the show as visiting Berkeley Prep of (Tampa, Fla) dominated Newman, 49-24.

The Greenies didn’t have an answer for Townsend. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior finished with two rushing touchdowns, a receiving touchdown, an interception and a 50-yard punt return. He racked up a massive 334 yards rushing.

“We knew they were really, really, good as that’s as talented of a team as I’ve seen in quite some time,” said Newman coach Nelson Stewart. “I thought our kids played really hard and it was the finest game I’ve seen Arch Manning play.”
The Buccaneers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead before Manning showed why he’s the 2023 top-recruit with a 68-yard keeper to draw the hosts within seven.

The rest of the half belonged to Berkeley Prep (8-0) as they built a 35-10 lead.

Newman (4-2) found their footing in the second half to make a run, and Will Zurich scored on a 10-yard run. Manning later tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Will Randle.

From that point, the Buccaneers leaned on Townsend, a Iowa State commit.

Manning finished with 200 yards in the air and a score, completing 16-of-32 passes as Newman fell short in a second nationally broadcast game in as many weeks. The Greenies will look to get back to their winning ways next week when they will host Cohen for Homecoming.

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